by Christopher Forsythe

A Sunyani based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) which is using sports to enhance Development; FORSPORTS Foundation is to Construct a Multi-Purpose Sports and Educational Excellence Centre to improve social and educational welfare of Sunyani West and its adjoining districts.

The Foundation has since acquired one hundred- and five-acres land at Odumasi, the Sunyani West District capital for the construction of the centre.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of Forsports Foundation, Mr. Christopher Forsythe disclosed this to newsmen when a team from German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ) visited the foundation in Sunyani to access the possibilities of assisting the foundation realise the dream of building the centre.

Mr Forsythe showing the site plan to Richter and Melany

The GIZ team led by Richter Kristian, the Regional Manager for Sports Development in Africa together with Mavis Melany Neff visited the proposed land that the foundation wishes to develop into the Sports and Educational Excellence Centre.

The Project Manager, Mr Kwame Anin Frimpong, led the team to the site and showed them all the documentations and the geographical features of the land. He said the foundation has legal hold of the land currently and what is left is funding support for the realisation of the project. He appealed to both governmental and non-governmental institutions and individuals to support the delivery of the centre.

The delegation including the workers and volunteers of the foundation later paid a courtesy call on Traditional Leaders (Nananom) at the Odomase No.1 Traditional Council and called for Nananom’s unflinching support and blessings for the realisation of the projects.

“The million-dollar educational and recreational facility would be one of its kind in the country when completed”, Mr Anin Frimpong assured the Traditional Leaders.

During the meeting, Mr Forsythe stressed that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member states are an inclusive agenda and believes sport, including football, has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives.

He said their work shows them on a daily basis that football has the power to change lives and believes football is a powerful tool with the potential to tackle challenges entailed in each of the 17 SDG’s.

He also mentioned that their core focus and targeted SDGs are Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being, Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 5: Gender Equality and Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

According to Mr Forsythe, plans are well advance to partner the Ghana Education Service with training support from Football for Worldwide Unity to conduct training for selected PE Instructors from all over Ghana on the SDGs, its implementation and delivery in Ghana using sports.

On her part, Richter Kristian said, GIZ successfully completed Sports for Development projects in selected countries in Africa and is looking forward to collaborate with more organisations during their next round of the project.

She was happy with the work Forsports Foundation is doing in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions and looking forward in collaborating with them.

Forsports Foundation has been supported by Kits for The Worldand Shoes4Lifeover the years and is looking forward to reaching out to other parts of the country.

The delegation inspecting the land.

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